The Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West performed a TV, Film and West-End Musical-inspired Circle of Life Concert on Sunday 20 May, at Centre Stage Theatre in South Cheshire College, Crewe, to help raise money for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice.
The band’s Musical Director, Jef Sparkes, said: “The concert, described as a ‘Family Musical Extravaganza’ was arranged with the Cheshire Living Well Dying Well Partnership and the programme of music was suitable for all ages and musical tastes. No matter what age, from 5 to 105, there was plenty to entertain the whole family, and it’s all for a great cause”.
Jane Smart, Events and Marketing Manager for the band, said: “The Public Health Team at St Luke’s Hospice, who are supported by Macmillan Cancer Support, are developing an innovative ‘Living Well, Dying Well’ approach to help break down taboos and support a change in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards death, dying and bereavement, so that Living Well and Dying Well becomes the norm. The concert was a celebration of this initiative, to help raise funds for St Luke’s, and it seemed only appropriate that The Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West should feature in a Family Musical Extravaganza.”
Ceri Edwards, Macmillan Compassionate Community Worker for the Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership, said: “There were over 175 people who came to watch the 27-strong band perform. There was a wonderful atmosphere and the band did us proud with an excellent set and a unqie rendition of Circle of Life.”
In total over £850 was raised for St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice, including £173 from cake sales and £118 from sales of tickets for St Luke’s Lottery.
To find out more about St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice and how you can get involved with their fundraising efforts visit: www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk or tel. 01606 551246.